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Release Date:
13 September 1948 (Sweden) See more »
A pianist about to flee from a duel receives a letter from a woman he cannot remember, who may hold the key to his downfall. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Fontaine ... Lisa Berndle

Louis Jourdan ... Stefan Brand

Mady Christians ... Frau Berndle
Marcel Journet ... Johann Stauffer
Art Smith ... John
Carol Yorke ... Marie

Howard Freeman ... Herr Kastner
John Good ... Lt. Leopold von Kaltnegger
Leo B. Pessin ... Stefan Jr.
Erskine Sanford ... Porter
Otto Waldis ... Concierge
Sonja Bryden ... Frau Spitzer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Alphin ... Pretty (uncredited)
Harry Anderson ... (uncredited)
Edit Angold ... Middle-Aged Woman (uncredited)
Lois Austin ... Elderly Woman (uncredited)
Polly Bailey ... Passenger (uncredited)
John T. Bambury ... Midget (uncredited)
George Blagoi ... (uncredited)

Betty Blythe ... Frau Kohner (uncredited)
Walter Bonn ... Col. Kohner (uncredited)
Sven Hugo Borg ... Mover (uncredited)
Robert W. Brown ... 1st Officer (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Concierge (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... (uncredited)
Donald Chaffin ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Gordon B. Clarke ... Street Singer (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Tom Costello ... Musician (uncredited)
Ashley Cowan ... Callow Youth (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Large Woman Exiting Spitzer's (uncredited)
Watson Downs ... Conductor (uncredited)
Tay Dunn ... Young Officer (uncredited)
Al Eben ... Waiter (uncredited)
John Elliott ... Flower Vendor (uncredited)
Edwin Fowler ... Dancing Master (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ... Butler (uncredited)
Lorraine Gale ... Girlfriend (uncredited)

Joe Garcio ... Collector (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Inquisitive Man at Train Depot (uncredited)
Jack George ... Opera Critic (uncredited)
Lisa Golm ... Musician (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Elderly Man in Uniform (uncredited)
William Gould ... Bürgermeister (uncredited)
Ilka Grüning ... Ticket-Taker (uncredited)
William Hall ... Mover (uncredited)
Ramsay Hill ... Col. Steindorf (uncredited)
Edna Holland ... Nun (uncredited)
Mauritz Hugo ... Frau Spitzer's Patron (uncredited)
Doretta Johnson ... Girlfriend (uncredited)
Joseph Kamaryt ... Bavarian Mountaineer (uncredited)

Elizabeth Kerr ... (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Station Attendant (uncredited)
William A. Lee ... Mover (uncredited)
Arthur Lovejoy ... Footman (uncredited)

Celia Lovsky ... Flower Vendor (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Café Customer (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Concert Footman (uncredited)
John McCollum ... Store Helper (uncredited)
Betty McDonough ... (uncredited)
Hal Melone ... Waiter (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Man on Streetcar (uncredited)
Kay Morley ... Daughter (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Older Man at Concert (uncredited)
Fred Nurney ... Officer on Street (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Concert Footman (uncredited)
Blanche Obronska ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Baron's Second (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Moving Man (uncredited)
Jean Ransome ... Maid (uncredited)
Peggy Remington ... (uncredited)

Bruce Riley ... Officer (uncredited)
Paul Rochin ... Bavarian Man (uncredited)
Countess Elektra Rozanska ... Elegant Lady (uncredited)
Shimen Ruskin ... Stefan's Friend at Café (uncredited)
Norbert Schiller ... Stefan's Second (uncredited)
Bill Schroff ... Waiter (uncredited)
Irene Seidner ... Frau Mombert (uncredited)
Jameson Shade ... Musician (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Critic (uncredited)
Guy L. Shaw ... Café Patron (uncredited)
Walter Soderling ... Panorama Operator (uncredited)
Pietro Sosso ... Coachman (uncredited)
Helen Spring ... Middle-Aged Woman (uncredited)
Lotte Stein ... Musician (uncredited)
Hermine Sterler ... Mother Superior (uncredited)

Cy Stevens ... Man (uncredited)
Diane Stewart ... Girlfriend (uncredited)
Vera Stokes ... Girlfriend (uncredited)
Frieda Stoll ... Burgomeister's Wife (uncredited)
Paul Peter Szemere ... Mover (uncredited)
William Trenk ... Fritzel (uncredited)
Lisl Valetti ... Musician (uncredited)
Roland Varno ... Stefan's Second (uncredited)
William Vedder ... Street Singer (uncredited)
Erich von Schilling ... Usher (uncredited)
Max Willenz ... Baggage Man (uncredited)
Gabrielle Windsor ... Ballet Girl (uncredited)
June Wood ... Cashier (uncredited)
Judith Woodbury ... Model (uncredited)
Jack Worth ... Officer (uncredited)
Mary Worth ... Musician (uncredited)

Directed by
Max Ophüls  (as Max Opuls)
Writing credits
Howard Koch (screenplay)

Stefan Zweig (story)

Max Ophüls  uncredited

Produced by
John Houseman .... producer
William Dozier .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer (director of photography) (as Frank Planer)
Film Editing by
Ted J. Kent 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ruby R. Levitt (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (gowns)
Makeup Department
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Lou LaCava .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
E. Dobbs .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Sherwood .... assistant director (as John F. Sherwood)
Mickey Bennett .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Les Warner .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Wally Kirkpatrick .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound (as Glenn F. Anderson)
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bert Anderson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Tex Bellah .... best boy (uncredited)
Walter Bluemel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Punk Smith .... key grip (uncredited)
Roland Smith .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Virginia Tutwiler .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
David Tamkin .... orchestrator
Other crew
William Dozier .... presenter
Paul Elbogen .... technical adviser
John Hambleton .... coordinator of production
David O. Selznick .... Louis Jordan by arrangement with
Adele Cannon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-16 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-rating) (2009) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: #12855) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 10, 1949 with Joan Fontaine and Louis Jordan reprising their film roles.See more »
Stefan Brand:Promise me something.
Lisa Berndl:Anything.
Stefan Brand:And I don't even know where you live. Promise me you won't vanish.
Lisa Berndl:I won't be the one who vanishes.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Science of Sleep (2006)See more »
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A sad love story, 31 July 2006

It all starts from a schoolgirl crush.Louis Jourdan (b. 1919) is Stefan Brand, a concert pianist, who's leaving Vienna to avoid a duel.Before he leaves his servant gives him a letter from an unknown woman.The letter is from Lisa Berndl, played by Joan Fontaine (b. 1917).In that letter Lisa tells how deeply in love she's been with Stefan for many years.It all started when she was living as his neighbor as a schoolgirl.Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) is a movie that Max Ophüls directed.I started watching the movie after about five minutes and I was too captivated by it so I couldn't stop watching it.It's a different kind of love story.Fontaine and Jourdan are perfect people for their parts.Joan Fontaine is amazing going from a teenager to a mature woman.The whole movie has a great casting.This movie is a true classic.A movie that will make you shed a few tears.

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